Hampton Court - Ride Report 30th June 2018

With 100 social cyclists railed against us by organising a rock solid year long boycott of our rides and with Southwark Cyclists organising a competing 5th Saturday Healthy Ride + from Canada Water, perhaps many may have thought it was time for Cyclists in Southwark to throw in the towel.

But, inspired by reading words of Florence Nightingale, noticed on a poster whilst doing a mid-week cycle ride along Union Street in Southwark:

Open Garden Squares Weekend Ride Report - 10 Jun 2018

There were 19 riders who met up at the Albert Memorial on Sunday to do this year's Open Garden Squares ride. Two from Camden, three from NW London, one from Redbridge and a group from as far afield as Dulwich. We were joined by a further two who met us at Edwardes Square, which has perhaps the best kept square of all those in the area. At the Ismaili Centre we were welcomed by volunteers and given a tour of the roof garden there. Belgrave Square gave us an opportunity to stop for refreshment before embarking on the journey to the City.

There was a suffragette demonstration going on in Parliament Square so we had to walk through the Westminster Abbey grounds to get onto the eEmbankment Cycle Superhighway. We had lunch at the Barbican and then visited the Nomura tower block roof garden. Unfortunately I lost some of my photos when I put my camera through the security machine there and they temporarily confiscated my tyre lever, which looked too much like a weapon because I bought a very substation one when I found my plastic ones had a tendency to snap.

The garden next door to the Nomura garden was open for the first time this year, but we couldn't get in because it closed at 4pm. We then went to Lincoln's Inn to look at the gardens there and finished the ride at Fitzroy Square, where teas were on offer until 6.30pm.

Lullingstone Ride Report - 2nd Jun 2018

There were 7 of us who met up at Dulwich Park to do this ride to Lullingstone. We have given up using Cutty Sark Gardens as a starting point for this ride as we have discovered that there are very few Greenwich cyclists and Dulwich Park appears to be a much more convenient starting point for many people. Most of us we had ridden with the group several times before, but it was good to be able to welcome one completely new rider, which had cycled all the way from Islington to join the ride. We started by cycling to Lewisham and we met Brian Haines there. We tried to persuade him to join the ride, but he declined saying he had just bought some fish and needed to get home to put it in the fridge. When we got to Greenwich we passed Gareth and when we got to Danson Park we met a large group of about 20 Bexley Healthy Riders, including Harry and Christine.


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